The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has updated its policy manual to allow foreign nationals requesting immigration benefits to use their self-identified gender marker, even if it doesn’t match the gender marker on their supporting documents. The agency’s announcement, made on March 31st, which was designated as “Trans Day of Visibility,” clarified that USCIS will accept the gender marker individuals select, regardless of whether it matches the marker on their supporting documentation. This policy change is aimed at making the immigration process more inclusive for individuals who identify as transgender, nonbinary, or gender nonconforming.
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